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Mrs. Wiel's Second Grade

Get to Know Mrs. Wiel
Name: Connie Wiel
B.A. in Music Education, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC (Go Bulldogs!)
M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (Go Tarheels!)
This is my 28th year teaching. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades, but the majority of my time has been in second. I have also supervised student teachers as an adjunct faculty member at UNC-Asheville and MTSU.
My husband, Randy, and I have been married for 31 years. He is a mostly retired basketball coach who substitute teaches because he enjoys the kids (and it keeps him from having to do as much yard work). We have one son, Zander, who is a 2015 graduate of Vanderbilt University (Go Commodores!). He played first base on Vanderbilt's 2014 College World Series team (Go Commodores!) and is now with the Minnesota Twins organization pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball.
I love to travel. I have been to 46 states (all but North and South Dakota, Oregon, and Alaska) and four continents (North America, South America, Europe, and Africa). I enjoy scuba diving, although I haven't had time to do much of it lately. I spend much of my free time (i.e., summers) reading. I enjoy many of the dramas on TV (all that NCIS/Law and Order/CSI type stuff), plus Scandal and Nashville. My very favorite thing to do, though, is watch Zander play baseball. Get ready. You'll hear lots of Zander stories from your kids as the season rolls around.



What We're Studying This Week
I CAN...
Reading - Describe how reasons support specific points an author makes in a text
Spelling - Spell words with silent letters.
Language - Identify and use past tense verbs; Produce, expand, and rearrange simple sentences
Math - Identify and ones, tens, and hundreds and their values in a three-digit number; Write three-digit numbers in varied ways
ScienceInvestigate living things found in different places.
Social Studies - Learn about the impact of explorers and settlers on American Indians and how things changed as communities grew.
Spelling Words - comb, crumb, scene, scent, gnat, sign, knife, know, wrist, writing, cube, music, very, eat, don’t, environment, value, Indians, habitat, winter 
Assignments may be added throughout the week, so check daily.
SpellingWrite Spelling Words 1-10 in ABC order
MathWorkbook pp. 103-106
Tuesday -
Spelling - Write Spelling Words 11-20 in ABC order
Math - Workbook pp. 107-108
Math -  Workbook pp. 111-112
Thursday -
Spelling - Write your Spelling Words three times each
Math - Workbook pp. 113-116
Supply List
Pencils (24)
24 count crayons (2 boxes)
Composition books (4)
Notebook paper
Glue sticks (6)
Folders with pockets and prongs
Container for supplies
Backpack (standard size)
Box tissues
1-inch three-ring binder
Highlighters (4)
Dry Erase Markers (4)
Suggested Reading
I've listed some books characters for your child to make friends with throughout the year. Also, please be sure to give them the opportunity to read nonfiction,. Some children will get interested in a subject and want to read everything they can about it. More power to them!!!
These books vary in difficulty. If you are unsure, just have your child read a little and see if you they they can handle it. We will work after Fall Break to establish more specific reading levels. Just remember, the children will not grow as much if the book is too easy or too hard. But most of all, they will not grow if they don't read. Don't try to push them into something they are not interested. Help them find something they want to read!
Picture Books
Henry and Mudge
Tacky the Penguin
Mr. Putter and Tabby
Horrible Harry
Berenstain Bears
Black Lagoon Books
Chapter Books
The Boxcar Children
Baby Sitter's Little Sister
Junie B. Jones
Magic Tree House
Bailey School Kids
Fudge (Judy Blume character)
Beezus, Ramona, Henry Huggins (Beverly Cleary characters)
Marvin Redpost
Geronimo Stilton
Animal Ark
I Survived series
Helpful Websites
Math Lines - This is my very favorite site for practicing math facts. It helps reinforce subtraction as well as addition.
Math Magician - This is a great site for practicing math facts in an organized way.
Interactive Reading Websites (Variety of sites here)
These will read the stories to your child as they read along:
Across the Curriculum - Reading, math, and just plain fun
Print your own worksheets - provides practice all across the curriculum - you choose the topic and the level, and print worksheets to practice the topic - This site provides skill practice through all grade levels.Select skills and grade level. Some activities are better than others. You'll just have to play to find things you like.
What's Happening NOW . . .
This Week's Rotations
     Please have your child bring in library books that need to be returned on Library day and wear tennis shoes on PE day.
Monday - PE 1
Tuesday - Music 2
Wednesday - Guidance
Thursday - PE 2
Friday - Music 1
Next Monday - Library
and LATER . . .
Upcoming Events 
December 8 - This Book Adventure Six-Weeks Ends
December 11 - Next Book Adventure Six-Weeks Begins
December 11-12 - Health Screenings
December 14 - Blackman Middle School Band Concert (during the school day)
December 14 - Holiday Dance for K-2 (during the school day)
December 15 - Choir and Instrument Ensemble Assembly (during the school day)
December 16 - Family Reading Day - 9:00-12:00
December 20 - Abbreviated Day
December 21-January 5 - Winter Break
January 5 - Teacher In-Service (no school for students)
January 8 - Students return
January 8 - Parent Volunteer Training
January 11 - Report Cards
January 15 - MLK Holiday

Wish List
HP ink cartridge 21 and 22
Zip-Lock Freezer Bags
Hand Sanitizer
File folders